Release with Review: Fallen Heir by Erin Watt

August 28, 2017

Fallen Heir
By Erin Watt


These Royals will ruin you.

Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to. 

Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible. 

Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up. 

She might be right. 

Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall.

Warning: This book has a cliffhanger. The story will be resolved in Cracked Kingdom, due out January 2018.


Last year, I took a chance on a book called Paper Princess written by two authors that I had never read before, and I think of it as one of the best decisions I’ve made in my whole reading life to date! The Royals is the most addictive and captivating NA series that I have ever read! It was easily one of my favorites of 2016, and it’s just one of my favorites period.

The first three books in this series focus on the second oldest Royal brother, Reed, and his girlfriend, Ella. In Royal Heir, Easton, the Royal’s middle child, takes center stage. I loved Reed and Easton equally in the previous books… so much so that I was hoping that they could maybe just share a girlfriend. We all know I love a good menage! Lol Needless to say, I anticipated the hell out of this book! When it finally landed on my kindle, I was more than ecstatic to start it as soon as I possibly could!

I’m not going to give a summary of the book, because I know it’s so popular that it will be reviewed to death soon enough. This book has left me feeling extremely conflicted, so I want to talk a little bit about why that is. I’m also having trouble deciding how much weight I should give to the fact that I have been hyping this book up in my mind since the third installment came to an end, because I didn’t enjoy this book nearly as much as I had hoped. I see 5 stars left and right, so clearly I’m in the minority. That being said, I can’t in good conscience pretend that this one was as amazing as the rest of the series. 

I expected this book to make me fall even more in love with Easton, but instead it had almost the opposite effect. I spent half the time wishing he didn’t seem so pathetic. I know he is a troubled kid, but the way it was portrayed in this book was just completely unattractive. He chased around a girl that was overly mean to him practically all the time. I get that she was supposed to have reservations about being with him because of what she was going through, but I don’t get why he kept coming back for more. He messed up over and over again, and he whined through half of the book about having no one. I am so sorry, but that is just a slap in the face to his relationship with both Ella and Reed. Not to mention, he has friends, and he could forge more meaningful relationships with them and any of the many girls he’s dated if he put forth any real effort. Despite all of that, I couldn’t bring myself to give up on him completely. I fell too hard for him to let him go that easily. I’m holding out hope that he will impress me in the next book. 

The heroine, Hartley, was hard to get, but instead of that making the romance hotter and drawing me in, it was simply aggravating. I grew tired of all her rebuffs and her attitude pretty quickly. I wouldn’t have wanted to date her that’s for sure, so for the life of me, I couldn’t see why Easton did. She didn’t take his shit? That’s refreshing and all, but you have to make me see what she actually likes about him at some point. As you may already know, when I dislike the heroine it’s hard for me to love the book. That was certainly the case here. 

The last thing I want to comment on is Ella and Easton’s relationship. I was hoping for some of their awesome bestie behavior, but all they did most of the time was fight. The conflicts were usually Easton’s fault, but there were plenty of times where Ella could have been a little nicer and more understanding towards him, too. I have always loved the dynamic between these two characters, and it upset me to see this version of their friendship. 

Regardless of any of the issues I had with this book, Royal Heir had Erin Watt’s signature engaging and addictive writing style, and I read the whole book in one go. I enjoyed the introduction of a couple of the new side characters, Bran and Pash, and the story held my interest and managed to make me want to read the next one. Badly! If you have ever read a book in this series, then you know that the cliffhangers are killer. Our blog named Erin Watt “Cliffhanger Queens” last year, and it looks right now like they might retain their title! Holy shit! I didn’t see that ending coming! It was nothing short of jaw dropping. That scene alone was worth reading the entire book! If you are a fan of the Royals, I recommend this book to you. Even if it’s not your favorite, you don’t want to miss it! I promise you that! If you have never read any of these books, please go pick up Paper Princess asap!! I guarantee you won’t regret it if you do!


Well if I didn’t believe the quote “These Royals will Ruin You”, I certainly believe it now. This is one messed family!! I was prepared for Reed and the rest of his remaining brothers but Easton was just in a class all by himself. When you look up the word self destructive, I’m pretty sure you’re going to see a picture of him next to the meaning and whether it’s a mug shot or just something very inappropriate, you know you wont be forgetting Easton Royal anytime soon. 

“I’m the design flaw in the Royal family, the one who isn’t quite like the others, the one who crashes and burns more often than not.” 

Now that two of his older brothers are away at College, Easton is now being dubbed as the new leader of Astor Park Prep. With a title like that, you would think that he’s the town Mayor or something but when your last name is Royal, being a leader is like a right of passage in the family history book. Getting girls has never been a problem for Easton and he practically thrives one it but having the new girl flat out dismiss you? That’s unheard of in the history of Easton land. So what do you do when someone ignores you? You stalk them of course and Easton is about to master the art of doing something he’s never thought would happen to him and that’s Becoming friends with a girl. Will Hartley continue to turn down his advances or will she get caught up in another Royal Scandal? 

“ I’m Easton Royal and my goal in life is to do what makes me happy. So long as none gets hurt, it’s all good. The problem is someone is always getting hurt." 

Hartley is the new girl on the block and finding a way to fit into a school that is run by the rich is proving to be a little bit difficult. But that’s OK with her because Hartley is a loner and she likes it that way. Except one person doesn’t seem to understand the concept of leaving her the hell alone and what she will soon discover is that Easton Royal can be a real royal pain in the a** and when he wants something, he doesn’t give up. And what he wants is Hartley. 

I truly loved the premise of this story and I liked the fact that Hartley was a heroine that was different from everyone else and she had secrets of her own to rival Easton’s. She was a hard worker and she didn’t put up with Easton’s bull and trust me, he had a lot of them. Easton was extremely self destructive and I HATED his coping mechanism. I just wanted him to grow up some more and quit making excuses and wallowing in self pity. His character was remarkably flawed but I think that’s what made him more appealing even though I wanted to smack him a few times.

As usual, this ended on a major cliffhanger so if you know you’re a stabby person like myself, I would refrain from reading this one until part two comes out. But if you think you’re brave enough, then by all means go right ahead and enjoy this crazy Royal effed up ride.


Buy Links
Fallen Heir

Paper Princess

Broken Prince

Twisted Palace

About the Authors

Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination. Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun–and sometimes crazy–ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up.

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